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Thaddeus Stevens' Institutional Performance Measures

Thaddeus Stevens College is committed to continuous improvement and monitors its institutional effectiveness (how well its performance matches its purpose) in a number of ways. The College’s Key Performance Indicators are based on internal and external evidence-based metrics, several of which are listed below. A primary external source is the U.S. Department of Education’s National Center for Education Statistics that compiles the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) statistics. IPEDS compares Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology to twenty-nine, two-year colleges located in Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. Stats for Class of 2012

Internal Key Performance Indicators (SOURCES: Internal data collections, Post-Graduate Surveys, Employer Surveys, and PowerFAIDS)

IndicatorsClass of 2010Class of 2011Class of 2012Class of 2013
Progression Rate 69.5% 72.0% 68.5% 70.9%
Graduation Rate 60.3% 61.2% 59.4% 61.6%
Post Graduate Survey Response Rate 57.0% 78.0% 87.0% Pending
Placement Rate 97.0% 99.0% 96.0% Pending
Student Satisfaction Good Good Excellent Pending
Employer Survey Response Rate NA NA 48% Pending
Employer Satisfaction (Good to Very Good) NA NA 91.4% Pending
Students with Loan Debt  49.8% 52.7% 58.7% 57.6%
Student Loan Debt (Median) $12,000.00 $10,000 $12,000.00 $8,975

  • Progression Rate reflects the continuous term-to-term persistence rate for certificate programs and the fall-to-fall retention rate for associate degree programs.
  • Graduation Rate reflects the number of freshmen who were officially enrolled in the fall semester and earned a certificate or degree within the expected timeframe.
  • Post Graduate Survey an annual on-line post graduate survey utilized by the college to gather vital information regarding career placement, starting salary, and level of satisfaction.
    • Placement Rate is the percent of graduate survey respondents who reported being employed or continued their education on a full-time basis.
    • Student Satisfaction is the median graduate survey response evaluating the level of preparation for workforce entry (based on a 5-Item Likert Scale).
  • Employer Satisfaction Survey an annual on-line employer survey utilized by the college to gather vital information regarding the preparation level of the Stevens’ graduate.
  • Employers Satisfaction reflects the percentage of employers who rated the level of student preparation for workforce entry as “Good to Very Good” (based on a 5-Item Likert Scale).
  • Student Loan Profile is derived from combining the total amount of all student loans received by the student during their time at Stevens. (Since TSCT is a residential college, much of the debt is incurred as a result of room and board expenses.)
    • Students with Loan Debt reflects the percentage of students with loan debt.
    • Student Loan Debt indicates the median amount of student loan debt.

External Key Performance Indicators (SOURCE: U.S. Department of Education, National Center for Education Statistics, Integrated Post-secondary Education Data System (IPEDS))

ENROLLMENT:
  • Percent of all students enrolled, by race/ethnicity and percent of student who are women. (Comparison Group Median where N represents the # of institutions in the comparable group; median values may not add to 100 percent because of statistical calculation methods)

    Fall Enrollments Fall 2010 Fall 2011 Fall 2012
    Race/Ethnicity or Gender Stevens Comparison (N=26) Stevens Comparison (N=29) Stevens Comparison (N=27)
    American Indian or Alaska Native 1% 0% 0% 0% 1% 0%
    Asian 1% 1% 0% 1% 1% 1%
    Black or African American 15% 2% 13% 3% 13% 3%
    Hispanic/Latino 8% 2% 10% 3% 11% 4%
    Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0% 0% 0% 0% 0% 0%
    White 70% 78% 71% 77% 69% 78%
    Two or more races 0% 0% 0% 1% 2% 1%
    Race/ethnicity unknown 5% 10% 5% 10% 2% 6%
    Women 9% 59% 7% 60% 7% 60%

GRADUATION RATE:
  • Graduation rates of full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates within normal time, and 150% and 200% of normal time to completion. (Comparison Group Median where N represents the # of institutions in the comparable group; median values may not add to 100 percent because of statistical calculation methods)

    Time to Program Completion 2006 Cohort 2007 Cohort 2008 Cohort
    Stevens Comparison (N=26) Stevens Comparison (N=29) Stevens Comparison (N=27)
    Normal Time 66% 15% 54% 14% 47% 12%
    150% of Normal Time 66% 20% 54% 21% 47% 23%
    200% of Norman Time 68% 25% 62% 26% 49% 27%

GRADUATION RATE by Race/Ethnicity:
  • Graduation rates of full-time, first-time, degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates within 150% of normal time to program completion by race/ethnicity. (Comparison Group Median where N represents the # of institutions in the comparable group; median values may not add to 100 percent because of statistical calculation methods)

    Race/Ethnicity
    (comparison group size varies)
    2008 Cohort 2009 Cohort
    Stevens Comparison (N≤28) Stevens Comparison (N≤27)
    Graduation Rate Overall 47% 21% (N=28) 65% 20% (N=27)
    American Indian or Alaska Native 0% 0% (N=23) 75% 0% (N=21)
    Asian 38% 14% (N=28) 43% 17% (N=26)
    Black or African American 22% 9% (N=28) 23% 9% (N=21)
    Hispanic/Latino 29% 14% (N=28) 49% 9% (N=27)
    Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander NA 33% (N=3) NA 0% (N=3)
    White 54% 24% (N=28) 76% 23% (N=27)
    Two or more Races NA 16% (N=6) NA 0% (N=9)
    Race/Ethnicity unknown 55% 19% (N=24) 70% 16% (N=22)

GRANT or SCHOLARSHIP AID:
  • Percent of full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduate students who received grant or scholarship aid from the federal government, state/local government, or the institution, or loans, by type of aid. (Comparison Group Median where N represents the # of institutions in the comparable group; median values may not add to 100 percent because of statistical calculation methods)

    Type of Aid 2009-10 2010-11 2011-12
    Stevens Comparison
    (N=26)
    Stevens Comparison
    (N=29)
    Stevens Comparison
    (N=27)
    Any Grant Aid 55% 68% 63% 69% 66% 68%
    Federal Grants 48% 52% 55% 59% 59% 61%
    Pell Grants 48% 51% 55% 58% 59% 61%
    State/Local Grants 27% 38% 39% 37% 47% 40%
    Institutional Grants 46% 14% 55% 15% 60% 13%
    Any Loans 55% 48% 32% 49% 45% 50%
    Federal Loans 48% 48% 32% 48% 45% 50%
    Other Loans 7% 0% 3% 1% 2% 0%